Responding to the loss of County farmland, Whatcom County Executive initiated the development of a Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program in September of 2001. Resolution 2001-049
In conjunction with other tools for protecting farmland, the Whatcom County Purchase of Development Rights Program will contribute to sustaining the farming enterprise in Whatcom County.
The PDR program is a voluntary program that compensates property owners for the value of their unexercised residential development potential and enacts an agricultural conservation easement. Through protecting our agricultural resource lands we are supporting the agricultural industry for current and future generations.